Reverend Alexander has set out to ride his bike across our great country. He and his riding partner, Jake Piper are calling this their Ride Against Poverty.
From the TC Palm:
“On April 23, Jake Piper (a local cycling buddy of mine) dipped the rear wheels of our bicycles in the Pacific Ocean at Costa Mesa, California, and began our 33-day, 3,400-mile cross-country charity bike ride to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where we will dip our front wheels into the Atlantic Ocean to mark the completion of our arduous journey.
We plan to ride between 100 to 140 miles a day, through all kinds of weather and terrain, across this great country of ours — which should be a wonderful and challenging adventure of a lifetime.
Personally, I know that this ride will prove a great physical challenge for me. While on the ride, I will turn 68 years of age … I have two titanium knees … arthritis in my lower back … and a body that regularly reminds me that “I am not as young as I used to be.”
But I am undertaking this great challenge because I believe in the cause for which I am riding.
The “Two Guys United Against Poverty” ride is a community-wide fundraising effort for the United Against Poverty of Indian River County of Vero Beach Florida — specifically to support S.T.E.P (Success Training for Employment Program), which helps unemployed or under-employed adults here in Indian River County prepare for job and career success.
The goal has been set to raise $50,000 to support this effective and successful program. United Against Poverty of Indian River County more broadly addresses poverty — and its related issues of hunger, homelessness, and unemployment — from its facilities on U.S. 1 in Vero Beach.
As I hope everyone in our local community understands, poverty and hunger are real and wide-spread problems on the Treasure Coast. Locally, about 20 percent of our citizens are living below the federally established “poverty line” (for a family of four, that would be an income per year of $24,600 or less), with another 20 percent struggling economically from paycheck to paycheck, just barely able to make ends meet for their families. ”
The riders are paying their own expenses for this ride, and all the net proceeds from this Ride Against Poverty will be given over to support the United Against Poverty’s Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). Donations can be made to United Against Poverty to support the ride at